Tuesday, 10 March 2015

The River Tweed

The River Tweed near Norham
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  •  At 97 miles, it is the fourth longest river in Scotland (behind the Tay, Spey & Clyde);
  • Its name comes from the Gaelic for ‘north’;
  • Otherwise known as Tweed Water;
  • Its source is at Tweed’s Well in the Lowther Hills;
  • Its upper 74 miles are in Scotland, it then forms the border between England and Scotland for 19 miles, and its final 4 miles flow through England;
  • Has a catchment area estimated at 1,500-1,800 square miles;
  • It is the UK’s premier river for salmon fishing, catching more Atlantic salmon than anywhere else in the EU;
  • Produces more fish caught to the fly than anywhere else in Britain;
  • The Tweed’s famous autumn salmon run can produce catches approaching 30lb;
  • At certain times of the year and in certain places, it can cost several thousand pounds per rod per week to fish the Tweed;
  • Fishing for salmon (and sea trout) is strictly prohibited on Sundays;
  • And, yes, Tweed cloth derives its name from its association with the river.

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